Definitions

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  • adv. In a flattering manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. With flattery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a flattering manner; in a manner to gratify or soothe; with partiality.

Etymologies

flattering +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The elegist of one of her daughters by an earlier marriage referred to her flatteringly as “sweet mother Scribonia.”

    Caesars’ Wives

  • The desolate cabin that she had left for the interminable journey westward was recalled flatteringly through the hallowing mists of time.

    Judith of the Plains

  • Mr. Trichet again tried to persuade investors that they should be looking at the eurozone as whole, which he argued compares "flatteringly" to its peers on the fiscal front, rather than at individual countries, some of which do not look all that good.

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  • While this may compare "flatteringly" with other industrialized countries, it cannot be taken as a demonstration of success of the SGP.

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  • While this may compare "flatteringly" with other industrialized countries, it can certainly not be taken as a demonstration of success of the SGP.

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  • "flatteringly" with other industrialized countries, it can certainly not be taken as a demonstration of success of the SGP.

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  • "flatteringly" with other industrialized countries, it cannot be taken as a demonstration of success of the SGP.

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  • "flatteringly" to its peers on the fiscal front, rather than at individual countries, some of which do not look all that good …

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  • Three young men wear the short gown with pleating that flares flatteringly both below and above the narrow waist.

    Fashion in Art: Medieval France and the Netherlands

  • The most ego-deflating thing about the tone of the letters is that these same correspondents claimed to be fans of the column; at least until I lost my mind and wrote flatteringly about Sterling/Waldman, a misstep that caused them to lose confidence in me.

    Yankees Fans Email Their Bronx Cheers

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